Pointe de Banc Plat is a peak located at the south-west of Lake Annecy in the Bauges Massif. The area around it is known as Montagne du Charbon. The summit has a great view on the Bauges and the mountains around the lake. This page has the itinerary that I tried to follow: After the summit, instead of taking the ridge to Dent des Portes, I actually went back on the same path as the one I took on the way up.

Using the Voie Verte along the lake, I first went by bike from Annecy to Montgellaz, in the village of Lathuile. Then I took a forest road to the start of the trail proper. It had started to drizzle at that point. After a while, I reached the Refuge de la Combe and its pastures then continued to the summit, just as the sun made its come back. The view at the summit was magnificent. I then went to check out the ridge path to Dent des Portes like on the map I was following, but it was getting late and it didn’t look very safe, so I simply went back down to Montgellaz using the same path.

Above, on the Voie Verte, on the way to the trailhead in Lathuile.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, in Lathuile.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, the first part of the hike was along a forest road. There is also a trail in the forest that starts not long after the start of the road but I missed it (not sure how because it is actually well marked).

Above, the weather started to sour with a bit of rain. I decided to forge on.

Above, Taillefer, Roc des Boeufs and Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Lac d’Annecy.

Above, La Combe.

Above, Refuge de La Combe (emergency hut). There is another large building (dormitories I suppose) not shown here.

Above, the road is reserved for shepherds and goes through a few of the chalets in the area.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest mountain in the Bauges Massif.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, while I was approaching the summit, the sun started to reappear.

Above, on the ridge near the summit.

Above, the other side.

Above, view of Lac d’Annecy at the summit.

Above, Mont Trélod and Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above Roc des Boeufs.

Above, the ridge to Dent des Portes on the way to Mont Trélod can be walked on, although it can be a bit tricky.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, I approached the ridge to Dens des Portes but it looked a bit too precarious for me. I saw some paint markings however.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Refuge de la Combe.

Above, another chalet.

Above, back at the Refuge.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, sunset on the lake seen from Duingt.

Above, Palais de l’Ile, back in Annecy.

The Parmelan is a mountain in the Bornes Massif and one of the most popular hikes in the Annecy area. The mountain can be seen in the background of the photo above, taken from my window in Annecy-le-Vieux. This page describes partially the itinerary that I followed (I made a detour through Grotte de l’Enfer instead of going back directly).

I started in the morning in Annecy and went by bike to the village of Villaz, where a small road leads to the trailhead. It was pretty steep so I gave up before reaching the parking at the end: I saw an unofficial trail direction sign and I parked my bike there. I first walked past the Chalet Chappuis before reaching the crossing between the 2 main paths to reach the summit of the Parmelan: Grand Montoir (“Big Ascent”) and Petit Montoir (“Little Ascent”). They go to the same place but the Grand Montoir is faster (but steeper) so I took that one. Soon, I reached the limestone plateau and the emergency hut (Refuge Camille Dunant). From there, it is just a short walk to the summit: The Tête du Parmelan (“Head of the Parmelan”). After eating lunch surrounded by alpine choughs, I went on my way back. Instead of returning on the same path, I went for a loop through the limestone plateau and passing by the Grotte de l’Enfer (“Cave of Hell”). It is easy to get lost on the way: Fortunately, there are many cairns so I never strayed too far. After the Grotte, I found the Petit Montoir trail and followed it down until I reached the path I took on the way up.

Above, Fier river on the way to Villaz.

Above, at Villaz.

Above, Chalet Chappuis.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, crossing between the Grand and Petit Montoir paths.

Above, limestone plateau.

Above, refuge Camille Dunant.

Above, Tête du Parmelan.

Above, cross at the summit.

Above, alpine chough. They are used to being fed by visitors: One of them even came to eat from my hand.

Above, cliffs of the Parmelan. There is a path along it.

Above, looking towards Col de Bluffy.

Above, on the way to Grotte de l’Enfer.

Above, Grotte de l’Enfer. It seemed a bit slippery because of the snow so I did not go closer. It can be explored with the right equipment though. This page has some photos of the bottom.

Above, the way to Hell (Enfer).

Above, back at Chalet Chappuis.

Above, a donkey.

Above, Parmelan on the way back to Annecy.

Above, Dents de Lanfon from the side and Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

The Jardins Secrets (Secret Gardens) are a private garden and residence in Vaulx, near Annecy in Haute-Savoie. It was built over 30 years by one man and his family. It can be visited from April to October.

The Albanais is the region of Haute-Savoie between Lac d’Annecy and Lac du Bourget. Among the interesting things to do in the area are visiting the Jardins Secrets in Vaulx or the gorges of the Fier river and the nearby castle of Montrottier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, Parmelan in the background.

Above, Semnoz in the background.

Above, Tournette in the background.

Above, Fier river.

The Taillefer (in the foreground on the photo above, taken from the Ermitage de Saint-Germain) and the Montagne d’Entrevernes (background) are mountains in the Bauges Massif, on the western shore of Lac d’Annecy. This page details an itinerary similar to the one that I followed (except that, at Col de la Cochette, I stayed on the ridge instead of going down on the other side).

The trail starts in Duingt, near the church and the entrance of the tunnel on the Voie Verte (if coming by bike from Annecy). The first few minutes follow stations of the cross to the grotto of Notre Dame du Lac. Just before the grotto, there is a forest trail to reach the ridge of the Taillefer. From there, it is a gradual incline with a great view on Lake Annecy. Some time before reaching the viewpoint of L’Oratoire, I turned right to go down to the village of Entrevernes, in the valley below. The mountain on the other side is the Montagne d’Entrevernes, which is reached by first going up to Col de la Cochette. Then, there is a bit of climbing to reach the summit cross. The view is worth the effort. Then, I kept to the ridge until I turned in the direction of “Les Maisons” in the valley. Finally, I followed the road in the fields, which soon became paved, to get back to the starting point and complete the loop.

Above, climbing rock in Duingt.

Above, tunnel of the voie verte.

Above, first station of the cross.

Above, Notre Dame du Lac.

Above, Château de Châteauvieux, in Duingt.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Château de Dhéré, in Duingt.

Above, snake.

Above, Petit Lac d’Annecy (litterally Small Lake), the part of the lake south of Duingt.

Above, lilium martagon.

Above, valley of Entrevernes.

Above, former stone quarry.

Above, Col de la Forclaz and Tournette.

Above, Col de la Cochette.

Above, goats in Entrevernes.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, cross at the summit of Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, towards Faverges.

Above, at Les Maisons.

Above, Château de Dhéré.

Above, Château de Châteauneuf in Duingt.

Above, church of Duingt.

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